Bulldogs Prepare for Meeting with Wofford on Thursday
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team completes its brief two-game homestand on Thursday evening when the Bulldogs host Wofford at 7:05 p.m.
The Citadel (4-15, 1-8 SoCon) is looking to end the month of January with a victory at McAlister Field House and in the process halt a six-game home losing streak. The game with Wofford marks the 92nd all-time meeting between the two programs, the third-most in program history.
Wofford (8-13, 2-6) is coming off a recent 79-50 setback to College of Charleston on Saturday night. The Cougars had a 12-0 run early in the first half and built a 21-point lead at the break that the Terriers could not overcome. Wofford was led by Jarell Byrd with a career-high 15 points.
The Terriers have dominated the series of late, winning the last 11 dating back to a 61-49 victory on Feb. 12, 2007. That ties the longest winning streak by one team in the all-time series after The Citadel rattled off 11 consecutive wins from Jan. 6, 1969 to Jan. 26, 1998.
The Terriers and Bulldogs last meeting took place on Jan. 26, 2012 when The Citadel's Bo Holston scored a team-high 14 points in reserve, one short of a career-high, but it was four double figure scorers that pushed Wofford to a 62-55 victory at McAlister Field House.
The Citadel finished 20-of-46 (43.5%) from the field, taking advantage of a 12-for-25 performance in the second half. Holston led the way with his five field goals, followed closely by Mike Groselle who scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. Guard Marshall Harris III, in his first collegiate start, capped off an impressive 3-of-6 performance with nine points, three rebounds and two assists. DeVontae Wright was also instrumental as he led the Dogs with nine rebounds.
Cochran proved to be an antidote for a struggling Wofford offense as he poured in 14 points in the second half. He was joined in scoring by Kevin Giltner (15 pts.), Drew Crowell (12) and Brad Loesing (10) as the Terriers outscored the Dogs behind 23-of-52 (44.2%) shooting from the field. A chunk of the second half scoring came from beyond the arc as Wofford managed to hit 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
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